The busyness of life
Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
It seems that there are so many times when my soul desires God but instead I end up trying to busy myself.
What books can I read? What classes can I take? How many more church services can I attend? Not that these are bad things, but it seems that many times these are tied directly to those moments my soul is pressing for more of God.
But this isn’t what my soul is asking for it’s asking for more of God not more religious activity.
Is religious activity the same as zeal after God? Or is it simply busy work? Do we occupy our hands, minds, and time to appear that we are godly, or are we truly seeking after him in spirit and in truth?
Obviously, God wants us to work and serve (Ephesians 2:10) but I believe there is a simplicity to the Christian life.
Think about the greatest commandment which can be summed up in just a small phrase – Love God and Love others as you Love yourself (Mark 12:30-31). So straight to the point that anyone can remember it. Jesus could have asked us to memorize the first five books of the Bible but instead gave us this simple, easy to remember commandment.
The danger in this busy work is that it does exactly what you want it to do, occupy your mind and time. You are so busy doing things, yes even things for God, that you don’t have time for God. Your spiritual life becomes shallow and you begin to lose joy because you are not abiding in Him.
You might even still be going to church regularly, reading your Bible every day, and praying constantly, but your mind is always on. There’s something in the background always calling for your attention keeping you distracted.
Don’t settle for a shallow, joyless Christian life.
Abide in Him and experience the fullness of joy and the abundant life He wants to give (Psalm 16:11, John 10:10). Eliminate things on your to-do-list if you have to. Not out of laziness but out of zeal for God. Make time for God. This is part of seeking after Him.
What’s constantly keeping you distracted? Jesus would say, “but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”